Lamar ACT Average at 23.6

Lamar School in Meridian says it has something to brag about with its latest student ACT scores.

Officials say the average for students who took the college entrance exam last year was 23.6 out of a possible 36.

That compares favorably with the state average of 18.9 and a national average of 21.1.

"We require all of our students that are eligible to take the test," said head of schools, Shane Blanton. "It is a collective viewpoint of our students and 'are they ready'? And the other is they consistently score above average, not only from a states' perspective but a national perspective as well, that our teachers are preparing our students to go on to the next level."

For the past five years, officials say Lamar has consistently trended three points above the national average and four points above the state average.

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